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Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: NOTAMs Coming Up
« Last post by Kolby Dunning on Today at 08:02:35 PM »
Kolby

Having been in the Toronto FIR for some time, I would imagine you might remember the only time we really adhered to NOTAMs like this.  I believe it was the long term closure of one of the taxiway junctions if I recall correctly.

The issue with NOTAMs is there is no definitive and cohesive way to ensure everyone is aware of them and follows the procs associated with them.  Add to that one that is only for 1 day.  It's really not worth the effort involved with letting everyone know.

Now if they were to shut down a taxiway for a month or similar.  Then it would likely be more worth the effort.

Out of interest.....what do you do in Winnipeg in this situation?  I am sure there must be similar NOTAMS there?

We try our best to adhere to all published NOTAMs at all times in Winnipeg. It's a part of our SOPs if I recall correctly.

Hey Kolby.  Even the 1 day ones?  How do you ensure it is communicated to all your controllers?  And adhered to?  Or is it more of an "advisory" honor system?

Yeah even the one day ones, I can admit in the past I have missed them though. The easiest way I've found to communicate it is to include via the ATIS and notify controllers coming online of anything. If they don't follow it, well that's their choice I guess. If they are on by themselves, I feel that they have the choice of whether or not to follow them, also considering traffic levels and other factors.
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Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: NOTAMs Coming Up
« Last post by Philip Dowling on Today at 07:37:53 PM »
Kolby

Having been in the Toronto FIR for some time, I would imagine you might remember the only time we really adhered to NOTAMs like this.  I believe it was the long term closure of one of the taxiway junctions if I recall correctly.

The issue with NOTAMs is there is no definitive and cohesive way to ensure everyone is aware of them and follows the procs associated with them.  Add to that one that is only for 1 day.  It's really not worth the effort involved with letting everyone know.

Now if they were to shut down a taxiway for a month or similar.  Then it would likely be more worth the effort.

Out of interest.....what do you do in Winnipeg in this situation?  I am sure there must be similar NOTAMS there?

We try our best to adhere to all published NOTAMs at all times in Winnipeg. It's a part of our SOPs if I recall correctly.

Hey Kolby.  Even the 1 day ones?  How do you ensure it is communicated to all your controllers?  And adhered to?  Or is it more of an "advisory" honor system?
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News / VATCAN DOES CTP!
« Last post by Philip Dowling on Today at 06:20:42 PM »
Hellloooooo VATCAN!!!

I wanted to extend my sincere appreciation and congratulations to everyone that was involved in CTP on Saturday.  For many, it was a long, difficult and yet in so many ways, fun day! 

It is always fun to arrange these events and to take part in them.  However, it's also clear, they can be difficult to manage and organise.  Not only for the event organisers but also for each and every FIR that sits between the departure point and the arrival point.  While some seem to enjoy jumping to social media to complain and whine about the rights and wrongs of this, that or the other, the reality is everyone did their very best and put the time and effort to do their best.  Remembering this is a hobby, that is all anyone can ask and THAT is where we must focus.

I look around at the FIRs that were involved.  Moncton, who got quite literally hammered.  Oceanic who was overwhelmed with traffic.  Toronto who got hit hard also with inbounds and overflights.  Winnipeg, Montreal and Edmonton who dealt with a huge number of overflights adroitly and (in Owen's case) panache!  I have to say I am immensely proud of what we all achieved.

I think it is fair to say, there were enough challenges this time that I am certain much thought will go into the next event of this nature and I can assure all that the VATCAN execs will be pushing to be part of those conversations and help assist in improving the next iteration.

Lastly but by no means least. From my perspective, short of one small hiccup, the technical side of the event was flawless.  So I want to extent my admiration and thanks to Matt Cianfarani and his team for keeping the network and infrastructure duct taped together!  Aidan Stevens for holding the various web tools together!  And Gary Oliver and the whole AFV team who have transformed the voice experience for us all!  In my case, I am no longer getting offers of a new Mic.  Now I have elevated to FB posts asking me if I need some honey in my tea for my sore throat!  THAT'S REAL PROGRESS! ;)  J/K Gary, AFV is a wonder and has improved everyone's experience of this fantastic hobby!  These guys and their teams all work in the back room and rarely get to actually control or enjoy these events, so they truly deserve our thanks!

So, to all of you, thank you again for your time, your energy and your efforts.  I am sure we shall see more events in the near future of both a local, North America and global nature and I have confidence each of them will be executed with excellence.  (Panache lessons are available from Owen for a small fee ;)).

Thanks all!
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Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: NOTAMs Coming Up
« Last post by Kolby Dunning on Today at 06:11:43 PM »
Kolby

Having been in the Toronto FIR for some time, I would imagine you might remember the only time we really adhered to NOTAMs like this.  I believe it was the long term closure of one of the taxiway junctions if I recall correctly.

The issue with NOTAMs is there is no definitive and cohesive way to ensure everyone is aware of them and follows the procs associated with them.  Add to that one that is only for 1 day.  It's really not worth the effort involved with letting everyone know.

Now if they were to shut down a taxiway for a month or similar.  Then it would likely be more worth the effort.

Out of interest.....what do you do in Winnipeg in this situation?  I am sure there must be similar NOTAMS there?

We try our best to adhere to all published NOTAMs at all times in Winnipeg. It's a part of our SOPs if I recall correctly.
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News / Re: CERTIFIED: Luke Wightman (C1)
« Last post by Philip Dowling on Today at 06:06:40 PM »
Well done Luke!
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Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: NOTAMs Coming Up
« Last post by Philip Dowling on Today at 05:59:16 PM »
Kolby

Having been in the Toronto FIR for some time, I would imagine you might remember the only time we really adhered to NOTAMs like this.  I believe it was the long term closure of one of the taxiway junctions if I recall correctly.

The issue with NOTAMs is there is no definitive and cohesive way to ensure everyone is aware of them and follows the procs associated with them.  Add to that one that is only for 1 day.  It's really not worth the effort involved with letting everyone know.

Now if they were to shut down a taxiway for a month or similar.  Then it would likely be more worth the effort.

Out of interest.....what do you do in Winnipeg in this situation?  I am sure there must be similar NOTAMS there?
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Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: NOTAMs Coming Up
« Last post by Matthew Cianfarani on Today at 01:24:55 PM »
Well if the Toronto staff decide to, we'll be sure to let our controllers know.

The level of attitude in your responses to an extremely valid question is intense...
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News / Re: CERTIFIED: Luke Wightman (C1)
« Last post by Mark Wolpert on Today at 10:19:44 AM »
Congrats Luke.
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News / Re: CERTIFIED: Luke Wightman (C1)
« Last post by Travis Chan on Today at 09:23:45 AM »
Congrats Luke, I flied out and you sounded great!
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Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: NOTAMs Coming Up
« Last post by Ben Stevenson on April 05, 2020, 11:46:10 PM »
Well if the Toronto staff decide to, we'll be sure to let our controllers know.
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